The Los Angeles Lakers had to over come some adversity right before the playoff season began.
The Lakers defeated the Sacramento Kings 116-108 in overtime in what may be one of those games to remember on Wednesday night.
After the Lakers had given up a 20 point lead in the fourth quarter, they had almost given up the game too.
But thankfully to yet another clutch performance from Kobe Bryant, who hit a late 3 point shot with 4.8 seconds left in the 4th quarter to tie the game which helped the Lakers avoid a possible loss.
The Lakers carried this spark of momentum into overtime against the Kings which led to the victory.
The Lakers, not only defeated the Kings in what maybe their final game in Sacramento, but they also locked up the number two seed in the Western Conference going into the playoffs.
The Lakers will take on the New Orleans Hornets in the first round of the playoffs.
The Lakers had swept the season series against the Hornets in the four games they played this season by an average of 10 points.
The Lakers do have the size advantage in this match up especial when the Hornets have lost their 6’9” power forward, David West for the season with a Torn ACL, who was also the team’s leading scorer.
The Lakers have a strong chance to win this series 4-1.
Which may lead to some earlier rest time during games for players such as Andrew Bynum, after being injured during the early part Tuesday’s win over the Spurs.
Luckily for the Lakers, Bynum’s injury is not as serious as they thought after he was diagnosed with nothing more than a bone bruise and was expected to only miss Wednesday’s game against the Kings.
(SportsMinded’s (James Williams) article published in the Downey Patriot)